Komoot is a route planning app for all your outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, mountain biking and backpacking. You can use the app via a subscription or by purchasing regions. When you purchase a region you receive access to offline maps, free unlimited map updates, voice navigation and the ability to export tours to a GPS device. Regions are fairly small, think county sized.
You can search for routes on your phone or computer filtering by sport, duration and accessibility to public transportation. If you don’t find a route you can plan your own, even adding points of interest, on a computer and send it to your device.
Once you pick a route you can download it to your device so you know where to go even if service is spotty. Komoot offers turn-by-turn audio navigation so you never feel lost. Komoot is not designed to be a fitness focused app, it does not connect to heart rate monitors or provide information like pace or duration.
Komoot premium has additional features like live tracking where you can share your current position with your family. You will also get access to all maps worldwide and sport-specific information.
A fan favorite feature is the ability to plan multi-day trips. You can start a multi-day trip from scratch and Komoot will provide suggestions for places to stop and stay. Komoot also has a variety of pre-planned multi-day trips available to select. If things aren’t going to plan, you can adjust your whole plan or a small part of it.
The usefulness of Komoot depends on where you are trying to use the app; user reviews are highly varied based on their location. The company was started in Germany and it seems there are more routes and information available in European regions.
Some customers complained that their region didn’t have many trails and that Komoot was missing a lot of trails that they knew existed. People also found that Komoot suggested extremely busy and unsafe roads, without a bike lane or even a shoulder, for cycling workouts. Users also complained that the regions were very small. Users did love the ability to use offline navigation and voice-guided directions.
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